Elyria Prostitution Ring Leads FBI to Sex-Trafficking Charges


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  • Mack
Elyria police busted an online prostitution ring last month, and now the FBI has charged Jeremy Mack, 38, and Ashley Onysko, 22, with sex-trafficking of children.

The duo and a slew of partners netted additional local charges when the ring was originally discovered in April.

According to FBI special agent Kelly Liberti, Onysko "worked for" Mack in advertising various girls online for escort services. Onysko reportedly distributed to the girls heroin to keep them from becoming overly ill as they worked. Drugs were often used as a lure to create a relationship of debt - one that would lead to being paid off through prostitution.

Brad Dicken at the Chronicle-Telegram elaborates:

Onysko, who lived with Mack, told investigators that after a girl became indebted to Mack, she created listings on websites such as Backpage.com and Craigslist.com advertising their “escort services.”

For instance, one of the ads read, “Sexy Cierra is waiting for you…-19: I cater to fetishes, domination, role-playing, private dancing, massages, whatever you desire … call now and allow me to take you to the heights of ecstasy.”

Between December and April, Onysko and Mack advertised the services of 10 different women online, Liberti wrote.

Onysko also fielded calls from clients, setting up appointments for the prostitutes with the men who responded to the ads. The prices, Liberti wrote, were $120 for 30 minutes and $220 for a full hour.

Another of the prostitutes, a 19-year-old woman, told investigators that Mack eventually came to control her life after she began buying heroin from him early this year.

  • Onysko
Over the December-to-April timeframe, Onysko and Mack crafted a culture of fear in intermittent excursions to area hotel rooms. Mack regularly threatened to kill the girls who got caught up in his trap, maintaining both a cloud of violence and force around them, seemingly at all times.

The women are now receiving treatment, and they have not been charged with any crimes, Mindi Kuebler of the Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County tells the Chronicle-Telegram.

Additional information is expected at the investigation continues, Liberti writes in the case affidavit. Mack was slated to appear in federal court May 10.


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